Renowned as the second highest point in all of Auckland, Mount Eden holds the distinct honour of being one of the state’s most popular natural wonders. Towering above the tree tops of suburban Epsom this stunning scoria cone is a must-visit highlight for all visitors touring the region this holiday season. Named after the first earl of the state, George Eden, the mound was dubbed Maungawhau meaning the ‘Mountain of the Whau tree’ by native Maoris. Surrounding the scoria cone lies its namesake suburb which lies 4km south of the city’s business heartland, while the Mt Eden Village Centre is situated between Grange Road and Valley Road.
The chief attraction atop Mount Eden is of course its volcanic crater which towers above the surrounding landscapes at a height of 643 feet. Dormant and inactive for decades, the bowl shaped crater is 160 feet in depth with the last recorded eruption taking place more than 28,000 years ago. Popular as the city’s preferred observation deck cum lookout point those that trek to the summit of Mount Eden will be instantly rewarded with panoramic views across miles of the city’s verdant landscapes. Offering visitors 360 degree views of the Kiwi heartland that is Auckland, Mount Eden is frequented by locals and tourist alike who trek up to the summit of the famed crater to unwind and enjoy the breathtaking views afforded by this unique vantage point.
Contributing to the water supply to the city, an underground reservoir has been operating beneath Mount Eden as of 1870 and now supplies water to the Mt. Eden suburb as well as neighbouring areas such as Epsom, Khyber Pass and One Tree Hill.
Those who wish to understand the natural and historical background of Maungawhau and its intriguing features can take part in a locally organized heritage walk which explores this iconic attraction in its entirety. Run and managed by the Albert-Eden Local Board, visitors can book a place in the heritage walk and understand the specifics of the guided tour online before heading to Auckland.
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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.